In December 2023, Ridgmont House (Horwich Masonic Hall) was transformed into a winter wonderland as it welcomed 100s of visitors to its enchanting Christmas Market and Open Day.
The hall echoed with holiday cheer as visitors explored a fantastic number of stalls adorned with festive treats, unique gifts and handcrafted crafts. The aroma of hot turkey and bacon sandwiches wafted through the air, courtesy of Ridgmont’s catering team, while mulled wine added a warmth to the frosty December day.
The amazing team who organised the event were Freemasons, wives and friends. On the day one member commented: “Todays Open Day and Christmas Market is a chance for us to not only celebrate the joy of the season but, also share what happens within our Masonic community. We are delighted to see so many local people turn up with curious faces, eager to learn about the event and our traditions.”
For those eager to unravel the mysteries of Masonry, the event offered a unique opportunity. Enthusiastic Freemasons led visitors through the intricate details of the lodge room, showcasing displays of the different degrees and providing insightful talks about the Masonic community’s impactful work in the local area.
Amidst the festivities, a substantial amount of funds was raised, contributing to the hall’s roof fund. This added a heart-warming layer to the day, as attendees not only enjoyed the festivities but also actively participated in supporting the maintenance and preservation of this historical venue.
The success of the Christmas Market and Open Day at Ridgmont House highlighted the community’s happiness to embrace the holiday spirit and delve into the values of Masonry. The event was a magnificent success and it left a lasting impression, fostering a sense of togetherness and goodwill, that will resonate throughout the festive season and beyond. Look out for other events organised at Ridgmont House, with most open to everyone.